16.06.2022 The Boršov Meadows represent a well-preserved example of the type of biotope known as alluvial meadows, which span the floodplains of the Kyjovka River near Boršov, a part of the town of Kyjov. The local chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation has been looking after the site for no fewer than nine years already. Aside from acting as great stewards giving care to the meadows, the conservationists have also been striving to make the site more accessible to the general public. This year, thanks to the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme, they have been able to add visitor infrastructure.
15.06.2022 A new educational trail named the Wild Man’s Trail has been opened to the general public. It takes its name from Knaut, the mythical figure of a wild man said to have roamed the area in the past. The trail was brought into existence by the members of the local chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation attached to the Secondary and Vocational School for Forestry in Šluknov, working side by side with the school’s pupils and drawing upon the financial support of NET4GAS, the general partner of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation.
13.06.2022 In a festive ceremony, a precious piece of nature was made accessible to the general public – the Kolová meadow near Kynšperk nad Ohří. The local Kynšperk chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation has for a long time been exercising stewardship for this site together with the municipality of Libavské Údolí. It has now transformed part of the site into a natural park with visitors’ facilities. The other part is given over to meadow growth, managed through extensive mowing and, recently, grazing.
16.05.2022 Toward the end of April, the public was presented with newly refurbished visitors’ infrastructure in a forest known as Opičák, or Monkey, on the north-western outskirts of the city of Liberec. In 2006, this stretch of nature, highly prized by the locals, was bought up and transferred into the ownership of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP) as part of the A Place For Nature campaign. Within NET4GAS’s Closer to Nature campaign, it was subsequently furnished with a lookout point and other forest furnishings.
25.11.2021 Two new sites supported by the Closer to Nature programme, a collaboration of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation and its general partner NET4GAS, were opened to the public in mid-November: The new Pod Dubinami orchard near Říčany, and a new educational trail named after the Bělina Valley (Bělinské údolí) in the Třebíč area.
01.11.2021 In the southeasternmost corner of the Kokořínsko area, not far from Mšeno, where the forest covers ravines cut deep into the surrounding landscape, the newly-opened educational trail Chorušická zákoutí weaves its way through the countryside, leading visitors to various nooks and crannies hidden away between the municipality of Chorušice and its satellite, the tiny hamlet of Zahájí. The trail, which measures a little over four kilometres in length, was built by the local Koniklec chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP) under the auspices of the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme, and with a friendly contribution from the municipality of Chorušice.
18.10.2021 A new educational trail has been opened in the Hněvošický háj (Hněvošice Grove) nature reserve, which lies to the southwest of Hněvošice in the district of Opava. The trail markers, the bridge over the brook, and altogether seven information panels were financed by way of the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme and built in collaboration with the Czech Union for Nature Conservation.
The newly restored trail to Pařezov Hill beckons visitors to scale its height – and to help protect rare plant life in the process
28.07.2021 The first site unlocked for visitors so far this year within the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme lies within the Domažlice area, near a town called Pařezov. For a long time, the nearby hillock of the same name – Pařezovský kopec, or Pařezov Hill, a major landscape feature – has been looked after by the local Libosváry chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation, as it provides a home for interesting plant and animal species.
04.12.2020 The educational trail “Wandering through the Tišice Landscape” has been newly opened near the village of Tišice, close to Neratovice. The restored trail takes visitors through various corners of the area, located on the banks of the Elbe River. The nearly 7-kilometre-long trail has been built by the local Koniklec chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP) within the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme. Pupils from the Tišice primary school also took part in the creation of this educational trail, and it could therefore be said that it is a gift from children to children.
11.11.2020 The local chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP) has built a new educational trail for visitors to the Bohemian Forest and its foothills and uplands. The trail is primarily dedicated to protecting the hazel grouse – thus its name, Bošík’s Hazel Grouse. Why “Bošík”? you may ask. The term of endearment references the fact that the trail lies on the outskirts of Bošice, a municipality in the foothills of the Bohemian Forest. This is the first trail dedicated to the hazel grouse in South Bohemia (indeed, probably in all of Bohemia).
01.10.2020 Today saw the festive opening of a new educational trail, named Meadows of Kouty and Zábřeh, which leads through the eponymous nature reserve between Kravaře and Dolní Benešov in the District of Opava. It was built by the local chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation (ČSOP), which goes by the name of Levrekův ostrov, with generous support from the NET4GAS Closer to Nature programme. The trail introduces visitors to the wetlands and waterlogged meadows in the floodplain of the Opava River, and to the plants and animals tied to it.
15.09.2020 The Borek Pools (Borecké tůně) educational wetlands – primarily made up of four small pools and one big pool, were created for amphibians and other species endemic to this biotope. We added a home for beetles and refuges for snakes and birds – additional measures for wildlife and for watching them in their natural habitat. And as a bonus, we threw in a one-of-a-kind information panel, a timber trackway that leads you straight across the surface of the water, interactive toys for children, a bench for taking a rest, and a place to listen to both frogsong and birdsong. The Bernartice chapter of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation has built all of this for nature lovers just outside the municipality of Borek (near Tachov) with the help of the NET4GAS Closer to Nature Programme.
09.09.2020 Let us invite you to the ceremonial opening of a new educational site Borek Pools in the Tachov region. The event will take place on Tuesday 15 September at 10 am near the village of Borek. See the attached invitation for more information. We are looking forward to meeting you there.
01.09.2020 As the new school year begins, the Czech Union for Nature Conservation rolls out another year of its time-honoured natural-science competitions, with the Environmental Olympics going into their 26th iteration, whereas the Golden Leaf will be 49 years old already. With a bit of tweaking, both competitions were able to be organized even in the era of coronavirus, especially since they will largely take place outside, in open nature.
24.07.2020 18 stations with 3 panels along a 9-km route "Through the Bohemian Karst's Heart" – this is a new educational trail seeking to acquaint visitors with the natural treasures and history of the Karlštejn National Nature Reserve in the Beroun district. The trail also marks a centenary: 100 sites have now been completed within the Closer to Nature programme, a long-standing joint initiative of the Czech Union for Nature Conservation and NET4GAS.